- the privilege allowed the king's butler to take a certain quantity of every cask of wine imported by an alien.
Origin of butlerage
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There is also another antient hereditary duty belonging to the crown, called the prisage or butlerage of wines.Commentaries on the Laws of England
Butlerage ceased to be levied in 1809, by the Customs Consolidation Act of that year.